Day 6: Is Waiting Worthwhile or a Waste?

Read: Luke 1:5-80

What do you do when you feel called to be a mom, but it just isn’t happening? You probably hear a lot of:
“When are y’all having a baby?”
“Well, have you tried ____?”
“It’ll happen when you stop thinking about it.”

If only.

Elizabeth was not unaware of these expectations of others. As the wife of a priest, and during that time, many viewed infertility as evidence of sin. Still today, infertility can feel like a punishment—especially when everyone else seems to be getting the exact thing you are praying for. Thoughts like “maybe if I read the Bible and prayed more …” are pervasive, but this wasn’t true for Zechariah and Elizabeth. The Bible says that “both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all of the Lord’s commandments and regulations blamelessly” (Luke 1:6). Elizabeth was barren, and both she and Zechariah were advanced in age, so it would be easy to feel hopeless and that their prayers for a child would go unanswered.

Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished (Luke 1:45)

In her years of waiting, Elizabeth likely didn’t always feel “blessed,” or that her suffering would end. But, feelings are fleeting, and they are no indication of how God is working behind the scenes on our behalf. God has a purpose and a plan that is greater than ours. Elizabeth was faithful, and her prayers were heard. Motherhood, which seemed like a distant dream, would eventually become reality.

Feelings are fleeting, and they are no indication of how God is working behind the scenes on our behalf.

Though we can read Elizabeth’s full story in a matter of minutes, it’s important to remember that it took many years of waiting. It is easy to celebrate alongside Elizabeth when we know how her story ends, but our story is still being written. During the waiting, we can find comfort in these lessons from Elizabeth’s story:

  • God has a purpose and a plan that is greater than ours.
  • The best predictor of God’s future faithfulness is His past provision.
  • God’s timing is always best.
  • God is a promise maker and a promise keeper.

Reflect:

  • What are you praying for that feels impossible? (Luke 1:37)
  • In what ways has God proven faithful to you in the past?

Article courtesy of NewSpring Church

Heather’s Prayer for Her Daughter

Pastor Heather Semple, from Red Cedar Community Church in Wisconsin and a friend of Pastor Kevin, shares her story of a very personal affirmation from God through an unexpected prayer request for her daughter. In the midst of what she believed to be a big spiritual risk for her congregation, her obedience and this “surprise” prayer moment left Pastor Heather feeling closer to God than ever.

Today, she believes the more she lives like God’s daughter, the more she experiences His power in her parenting and in her pastoring.

Wisdom For Work – Part 2

Scripture: Proverbs 15:32

Procrastination: It will lesson my pressure, when in fact, it will lesson my progress.

Draw & Respect 3 Life Lines:

  1. The Dream Line
  2. The Duty Line
  3. The Deadline

What is procrastination costing you?

Put off procrastination! What’s your next step?

Wisdom For Work – Part 1

Scripture: Proverbs 10:4, Proverbs 12:11, Proverbs 13:4, Proverbs 13:11, Matthew 5:14, Colossians 3:23

In a Word: Diligence
In a Formula: Diligence = Excellence / Time
In a Sentence: God pours out his aver on all those who work diligently.

Matthew 5:14 – Excellence brings glory to God.
Colossians 3:23 – Excellence gives evidence of your primary audience.
Matthew: 5:41 – Excellence goes the second mile.

Proverbs 22:29 – “Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before unknown men.”

Excellence is treating unknown men like they’re kings.

Get Wisdom

Speaker: Pastor Miles Welch

Proverbs 4:7 – “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get Wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.”

Wisdom unlocks the ability to make good decisions.

Decisions -> Direction -> Destiny

Process for getting wisdom; Ask yourself:

  • What is true? Knowledge
  • Why is it true? Understanding (insight)
  • What do I do? Wisdom

Don’t make decisions based on feelings, wants, or emotions, use wisdom.

Words for age groups:

  • Young – Press
  • Middle – Pause
  • Older – Possible